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EmberClear to build $900M natural gas power plant in Ohio

Independent power plant developer has announced plansfor a new $900 million natural gas-fired power plant in Ohio.

The company said it will start building the 1,000-MW HarrisonPower Project on a 60-acre site called the Harrison County Industrial park in theeastern part of the state's Harrison County in late 2018. The project, whichthe company said it plans to connect to the existing electric grid system, isexpected to go online for commercial operation by early 2021.

If completed, it would join new gas-fired powerprojects proposed by private developers in the state. One of those projects,Advanced Power AG's1,105-MW South FieldEnergy facility, was approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board earlier inSeptember.

According to EmberClear, the industrial park is alreadyzoned for a power plant, and the county has pledged its help gainingrights-of-way for natural gas pipeline connections, electric interconnectionand water supply.

The Harrison Power Project will be fuel-efficient and useless water because of advanced turbine technology that the company plans toinstall. The discharge will go to a sewage plant nearby owned by the HarrisonCounty Industrial Commission.

Additionally, the large number of natural gas productionfacilities nearby will help facilitate the production of low-cost power at theplant. EmberClear said it is considering several proposals to source naturalgas from producers in the area and pointed to pipelines operated by subsidiary Dominion EastOhio, Spectra EnergyCorp and several other companies within close proximity of thesite.

Construction permits and other necessary regulatoryapprovals should be secured by the third quarter of 2017, the company said.

The project will generate roughly 600 construction jobs and50 permanent jobs, EmberClear said in a statement.

EmberClear has under development three other gas-fired powerprojects in eastern Pennsylvania, plus a gas-to-methanol facility in Bienville,Miss., near New Orleans.